During their press conference after medaling in the women’s +87kg weightlifting competition, the three medalists gave a very telling reaction when a reporter asked them about the “historic” participation of transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, a biological male.
“There was a historic night here, with Laurel Hubbard competing as the first openly transgender in an individual event,” the reporter said to the women weightlifters. “I was wondering what you felt about that, and what took place in your sport.”
Gold medalist Li Wenwen of China, silver medalist Emily Campbell of Great Britain, and bronze medalist Sarah Robles of the United States paused in silence, saying absolutely nothing as the room fell completely still.
“No, thank you,” America’s Robles finally said, breaking the silence.
Hubbard completely flopped at the weightlifting competition, failing out of the snatch portion of the Games.
The Daily Wire reported:
In Hubbard’s first attempt, the weightlifter tried to lift 120kg and failed.
In the 43-year-old’s second attempt, Hubbard lifted a very shaky 125kg overhead. One of the female commentators noted that it was very surprising that the questionable 125kg lift wasn’t challenged with an appeal.
However, later, the jury ruled the try a “no lift,” according to ESPN.
On the third attempt, Hubbard could not lift the 125kg, bouncing the weightlifter from the competition.
That is “the end of Laurel Hubbard,” the announcer said, as Hubbard waved to the cameras and to those at the competition.
Hubbard’s inclusion at the Games was controversial to say the least considering Hubbard was born a male, meaning they’re naturally stronger than the female competitors.
The players at the Olympic Games seem to agree that this practice is not acceptable however the Olympic leaders say otherwise.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical and Science Director Dr. Richard Budgett recently made some eyebrow raising comments when he claimed that “everyone agrees” that trans women are real women.
The comment came during a press conference on Friday when Budgett was praising male-turned-female New Zealand trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard for their “courage and tenacity.”
“To put it in a nutshell, the IOC had a scientific consensus back in 2015,” Budgett explained as he came up with an excuse for the IOC’s decision to let a man compete with women. “There are no IOC rules or regulations around transgender participation. That depends on each international federation.”
“So Laurel Hubbard is a woman and is competing under the rules of her federation, and we have to pay tribute to her courage and tenacity in actually competing and qualifying for the Games,” Budgett added.
“There are lots of aspects of physiology and anatomy, and the mental side, that contribute to an elite performance. It’s very difficult to say, ‘yes, she has an advantage because she went through male puberty,’ when there’s so many other factors to take into account,” Budgett continued.
“It’s not simple,” he said. “Each sport has to make their own assessment depending on the physiology of that sport so that they can ensure there is fair competition, but also the inclusion of everyone – whether they’re male or female – so they are able to take part in the sport they love.”
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